Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics – Early Years Work Group 2021-2022

This project is designed to support Early Years teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.


These programmes are designed for individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths to three to five years olds. This may be particularly relevant for NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers), teachers that have moved phases, or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.


There are two types of Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Early Years pathways:

  • Pathway One: Number Patterns and Structures
  • Pathway Two: Pattern, Shape, Space and Measures.

Each pathway has three core elements, three associated pedagogy sessions, and a task to support the transition from theory to practice. There is also a final core unit that aims to review quality provision. The intention is that each pathway is the equivalent of a four-day programme.


Participants will:

  • develop enhanced maths subject knowledge with a particular emphasis on developmental progression in the Early Years to ensure sequences of learning are cohesive
  • consider the learning opportunities and pedagogical approaches across the wider provision – reviewing and enhancing the opportunities to promote mathematical learning across the provision.


Day 1-10th November 2021 –George Spencer Academy- George Spencer Conference Centre, Arthur Mee Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 7EW (9am-3.30pm)
Day 2- 13th January 2022 (1-4pm Online)
Day 3- 10th February 2022 (1-4pm Online)
Day 4- 17th March 2022 (1-4pm Online)
Day 5- 21st April 2022 (1-4pm Online)
Day 6- 19th May 2022 –Portland Spencer Conference Centre, Birchover Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4BW (9.30am-3.30pm) (9am-3.30pm)


The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded schools in England.


For a place on the 2021/22 Work Group please book here

COVID-19 Recovery

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.